Elements of a Great Book – Final Words about the Plot

For the month of December, I decided to discuss the Elements of a Great Book. In the last few blogs, I began an in-depth look at the plot, and this blog will conclude the discussion. I’m spending this much time on the plot because as I read my students’ short stories, I often find theirContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Final Words about the Plot”

Elements of the Short Story – the Importance of Character Arcs

*Image from creativetips4writers.wordpress.com **this blog is based on information I gleaned from ‘Creating Character Arcs’ by K.M. Weiland – one of my favorite resources. What Is A Character Arc? When you boil it all down to one single definition, a Character Arc is the structure of your character as they move through your storyline. YourContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – the Importance of Character Arcs”

The Basics – How to make your writing ‘consistently interesting.’

“Mr. Martin Tanner, baritone of Dayton, Ohio, made his town hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately, his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it ‘consistently interesting.’ Full-time consideration of another endeavor might be in order.” Harry Chapin –Continue reading “The Basics – How to make your writing ‘consistently interesting.’”

Elements of the Short Story – Theme

What Is A Theme? If you think about it – the Theme of your story is what the Story is REALLY about. For instance, you write a loving story about spending time with your grandmother in her kitchen while you were young. You tell about the smells, the feel of spending time with her, andContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – Theme”

Elements of the Short Story – The Plot

What Is A Plot? Simply stated, ‘A plot is a series of events that make up a story.’ All plots have beginnings, middles, and endings. For reference, the first quarter of your book is the beginning, the second and third quarters are the middle, and the last quarter is the ending. In an 80 000-word novel, this generallyContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Plot”

The Process – Evaluating an Idea

Those of us who write know that in order to overcome the blank page, we need an idea. Essentially, the idea is the FIRST PART of the writing process. But an idea is truly just the beginning. When the project (book/story) is done, the idea HAS to be fully developed. As a writer, it isContinue reading “The Process – Evaluating an Idea”

Elements of the Short Story – The Hook

~Your first line sells the book. Your last line sells the next book. ~ MICKEY SPILLANE, AUTHOR OF KISS ME DEADLY  Many of the sources I read to write this blog post discussed how writing the First Words on the page is always the hardest you’ll write. This is partly because it’s easy to getContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Hook”

The Danger of Putting TOO much in Your Novel

The number one reason many beginning writers do NOT finish their first novel is because they try to cram every thought and idea they’ve had over the months and even years they’ve been working on the basic idea. As with any skill that you want to do well, you need to take the time toContinue reading “The Danger of Putting TOO much in Your Novel”

Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech

*image source: ted-ielts.com Over the past several weeks, I’ve discussed the Parts of Speech on my Wednesday blogs. I think that writers need to understand the functions of all of these parts. To write well enough to entertain, engage, and tantalize our readers, we need to know how to use words effectively. We talked aboutContinue reading “Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech”

Elements of the Short Story – The Inciting Moment

I’ve discussed how your story’s plot is built around a problem or challenge that your MC faces. When the issue makes its first appearance is known as the inciting moment. It acts as a beginning point where your MC’s world changes. This moment is interesting and important enough to create a response in you or your protagonist. ItContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Inciting Moment”